The celeb has been vocal about her struggle with psoriasis—but that didn't stop the internet from pointing out her imperfections.
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True: There's not a lot of uplifting news out there these days. So when the world wants to take solace in trivial stories about hot ducks and companies selling used tissues, it's understandable. But dedicating an entire story to the fact that a celeb is breaking out? That begs an eye roll—especially when that celeb has been vocal about her struggle with a chronic skin condition.
That's exactly why Kim Kardashian is clapping back at Daily Mail for a recent story they published about her suffering a "bad skin day in LA."
"It's no wonder the 38-year-old KKW Beauty CEO occasionally suffers a spot of bother with all the foundation and concealer she wears regularly," read the original story, as shown on Twitter.
Kim, who's been vocal about her psoriasis since her diagnosis in 2010, tweeted the link with a simple, humanizing comment: "It's psoriasis all over my face" with a crying emoji.
It’s psoriasis all over my face. https://t.co/E94lI7mfDG
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 5, 2019
Fans and trolls alike were quick to comment on the Daily Mail's coverage and Kim's response. One user wrote, "Maybe try NOT spray tanning and wearing 10 pounds of makeup every day...just sayin," while others defended KKW, writing: "Do not let the media shake you. My mom has psoriasis, it took her a long time to accept it and not let the opinions of others shake her. Her psoriasis is still bad bc there are underlining issues she refuses to address, but people like you help start those convo" and "PS, you're beautiful with or without psoriasis!!!" Other people offered additional treatment ideas based on their own experiences: "Apple cider vinegar has always helped out with mine. Not drinking it, but actually applying it to the plaques with a cotton ball," tweeted one user.
Daily Mail has since updated the article to explain that the celeb was suffering a psoriasis flare-up and that she "took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain that what appeared to be a few pimples wasn't even a breakout at all." (Related: The One Skin-Care Product Kim Kardashian Uses Every Single Day)
ICYDK: Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It's the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S. and affects as many as 7.5 million Americans—approximately 2.2 percent of the population, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Psoriasis flare-ups can be triggered by stress, skin injuries (like sunburns and scratches), certain medications, and additional infections, but it's different for everyone.
Just a few months ago, Kim publicly shared that her psoriasis was getting worse and that she's on the lookout for new treatment options: On December 23, 2018, she tweeted: "I've never seen it like this before and I can't even cover it at this point. It's taken over my body."
I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 24, 2018
She's been vocal about other treatments she's tried: nightly topical cortisone (which she wrote about in a "Living with Psoriasis" post on her blog, which has since been discontinued); light therapy (which she told People about in 2017); and celery juice, which she shared on her Instagram stories in January after reading that drinking it could help with psoriasis. There's currently a range of prescription topical and oral psoriasis treatments on the market, but it seems that KKW has been focused on trying alternative therapies first.
Regardless of whether the breakouts were acne, psoriasis, or otherwise, Kim's reaction is a reminder that celebrities are human too—but no one deserves to have their imperfections ruthlessly called out on the internet.